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iolo System Mechanic Professional - Unlimited PCs (install it on all your home PCs)
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I started using SMPro way back before it became so user-friendly. It is still a Geek-ette's dream, but now it's easier to use, and much harder to inadvertantly harm your system. I go to many places on the 'net that harbor malware, and I've been delighted at all the crud that the anti-malware feature has stopped. The tools seem comprehensive and well-organized, there are tutorials for people who want them, and there is even a nifty desktop gadget you can install if you want--it alerts you to problems without having to go look for them! I took one of my computers with SMPro on it in for a 'free checkup' out of curiosity, and their software found NO problems. I have also used Fix-it Tools intermittantly, but I prefer the way SMPro integrates individual tools for the option of completing many related tasks at once--this is really handy for setting up a new computer (or when you reload the OS), or when you just need to run less frequent maintenance tasks. The scheduler is easy and reliable, allowing time- and resource- consuming maintenance tasks to run at YOUR convenience (mine run while I'm at work or asleep). SMPro makes it easy for me to keep everything in tip-top shape, from registry keys to device drivers, and disc surface scans and defragging. I've been able to rely on it to search for updates, and stop the individual services from loading at boot-up--and that makes for a faster boot-up and more available machine resources for what you are trying to accomplish. There is even a tool specific to solid state drives that is tailored to the particular needs of SSDs. I like that SMPro seems to take up fewer resources, and is clearer about what exactly it's doing than other 'user-friendly' maintenance packages (like the one with 360 in the name).

Cons: Gee, I can't think of any.

Other Thoughts: After recommending it to my 'older' parents (dad is in his 70s now), they started using it and he likes it really well. Mom is still a tad 'out of the loop' but the program is easy enough to use that I can walk her through it on the phone.

HP Laptop Pavilion DV9750US(KC349UA) Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 (2.00 GHz) 3 GB Memory 500 GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS 17.0
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Been a great model for college, with ample capabilities for the software demands AND entertainment capabilities, too!

Cons: Not HP's fault: I bought a display model that had been directly in contact with a solid sheet metal shelf. I've had to send it in twice for warranty work (but to the third-party extended warranty outfit, not HP) for new MBx2, new primary HDx1, and new RAM x2. The motherboard alone cost twice what the extended warranty did, so I always recommend the additional warranty.

Other Thoughts: I've never regretted buying computers with more resources and expandability than I've thought I needed--it allows me to upgrade and use the machines far past the 'usual' three-year 'obselecense' factor!

LINKSYS CM100 Cable Modem with USB and Ethernet Connections Ethernet Port DOCSIS 1.0, DOCSIS 1.1 Certified, DOCSIS 2.0 Certified, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, USB1.1
  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Quiet, simple installation, space saving, indicator lights...

Cons: It COULD just be the existing cable in my building, but It seems to give me a bit of trouble in the summer when it's hot inside and outside. If I put a fan where it blows across this and my WRT610N v1 router, the problem decreases.

Other Thoughts: My previous wireless network, a WCG200, originally did not broadcast (and I didn't discover this until a room mate moved in), but Linksys sent me a replacement out of warranty. This replacement unit is still running strong at an ex-boyfriend's house and has been trouble-free the whole time! I have also set up networks at several homes and some small businesses using linksys, and have become a loyal customer. For newbies, their new 'Valet' units are so easy to set up that even my parents can get it done in less than five minutes! If you are technologically anxiety-prone, look into these.


Marcia S.'s Profile

Display Name: Marcia S.

Date Joined: 11/29/10

  • Reviews: 5
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 01/01/11
  • Last Review: 02/13/13
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